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Wadi Musa
Travel Guide

Wadi Musa showing night scenes, a gorge or canyon and heritage architecture

As the stepping stone to the famous Old City of Petra, the “Valley of Moses” has all you need to prepare yourself for one the world’s most wondrous sights.

Wadi Musa sees half a million visitors each year, yet not many people have heard of this Jordanian town. That’s because it merely acts as the gateway to the ancient city of Petra, its world-famous neighbor. Not that the locals mind: they are in the business of catering to the crowds who come to visit this "New" Wonder of the World.

The town is part of the Ma'an Governorate in southern Jordan. The nearest airport, at Aqaba, is an easy taxi ride away. Most shops, cafés, hotels and banks are centered on the Shaheed Roundabout, in the heart of town. You’ll find accommodations, menus in English and tour operators everywhere.

For a hint of what is to come, visit Little Petra in Siq al-Barid, “the Cold Canyon.” This mini version of Petra is a shaded canyon that cools down fast after sundown, so bring a light jacket or sweater if you plan to visit at night.

Spring and autumn are by far the best times of year to visit this region. Rise early to get to Petra before the crowds arrive and the sun gets too hot, or go in the mid afternoon and combine your visit with a magical Petra By Night Show. To reach the show, walk down the “Tourist Strip,” which runs for 3 miles (5 kilometers) from ‘Ain Musa (Moses’ Spring) to the Petra Visitor Center in the lower valley. Along the way, bedouin merchants sell everything from tea to “antiques” and carpets.

Be sure to return to ‘Ain Musa in the east of town. According to the Bible, Moses hit a large rock with a rod, drawing water and restoring the faith of his parched, disheartened Israelites during their Exodus from Egypt. While it’s debatable if this is the actual miracle rock, it’s an interesting feature.

Before you leave Wadi Musa, soak in a Turkish bath to wash off the desert dust and ponder all the history you’ve explored around this ancient capital.

Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is £112 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra.
4.2/5Very Good! (322 reviews)
"Good covid sanitary measures in place. Courteous and dedicated staff. Beautiful site ."

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Sky Hotel
Petra Sky Hotel
1 out of 5
Off The Main Street, Beside The Bus Station in City Center, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is £38 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in Wadi Musa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Street of Facades, Petra, and Petra Visitor Center. Djinn Blocks and Moses' Spring are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (30 reviews)
"Room was clean and very comfortable, Great view of the city, Staff was the best, took care of all our needs, including washing our rental car when I asked them if they had a rag I could use to clean my windshield. Free breakfast. Can not say enough good things about the staff and the view from our ..."

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Petra Sky Hotel
Petra Bubble Luxotel
Petra Bubble Luxotel
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra Main Street Maan, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is £199 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in a national park, this tentalow is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra and within 6 miles (10 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Royal Tombs. Great Temple and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (94 reviews)
"We were in our bubble in a fierce rainstorm. It felt safe and adventurous. Staff was very helpful and helped arrange private tours away from the tourist hordes. Ayoub Awamreh was the evening manager and helped us tremendously. Ask for him. Made the stay great."

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Petra Bubble Luxotel
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Petra Villa
Petra Villa
Queen Rania street, bani Atta, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is £540 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in Wadi Musa, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Street of Facades, Petra, and Petra Visitor Center. Djinn Blocks and Obelisk Tomb are also within ...
Petra Villa
we try to Show you our Traditional Bedouin Life and how we Survive in Petra
we try to Show you our Traditional Bedouin Life and how we Survive in Petra
Tourism Street Al-baydhaa, Wadi Musa, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is £43 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated in Wadi Musa, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra and within 6 miles (10 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Royal Tombs. Great Temple and Byzantine ...
we try to Show you our Traditional Bedouin Life and how we Survive in Petra
Petra Mars Camp Happy Hours
Petra Mars Camp Happy Hours
1.5 out of 5
Tourism Street Al-baydhaa, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is £45 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in the historical district, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra, and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Treasury and High Place of Sacrifice. Petra ...
Petra Mars Camp Happy Hours
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